1. I get a home mortgage interest deduction I could live without.
Why not a comprehensive few of all reductions and elimination of those that do not benefit society to create X revenue increases
2. I could prob. afford to pay my health care post tax.
Require some co-pay and deductibles for all, the poor as well as those with full coverage.
3. I could volunteer my time and services at an organization that relies primarily on government funding to reduce need.
meh, government should reduce support to non-profits connected to politicians and tighten up on the definition of a non-profit, people can do as they choose with a volunteer effort
4. Assist more in supporting my elderly relatives in order make a public safety net sustainable.
Sort of nice to do that for your parents rather than institutionalize them even if there is some indirect savings.
End colas on all pensions and no government raises till we begin to reduce the deficit and no Colas and raises in any year if they increase the deficit.
Change the nature of the bureaucracy to reward savings rather than spending. Give bonuses to high level officials that reduce their budgets rather than increasing their bureaus to get promotions.